May they Rest in Peace


Whirled dust, world dust,

tossed and torn from trees,

no more they labour for life, no more

shelter of green glade, shade

of apples under leaf, lifted in air

they soar, no longer leaves.

 

What, wind that bears me,

am I about to be? Will water

draw me down among its multitude?

Earth shall I return, shall I return to the tree?

Or by fire go further

from myself than now I can know or dare?

 

Falling Leaves by Kathleen Raine


For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39

 

Without communion with the dead a fully human life is impossible. W.H. Auden

 

Sunrise in Northumberland
Sunrise in Northumberland

Christ is the morning star

Who when the night
Of this world is past
Brings to his saints
The promise of
The light of life
& opens everlasting day.

Prayer of Saint Bede

As Christians we have

  • FAITH in the Resurrection of Jesus
  • HOPE in eternal life
  • LOVE that outlasts all of these things

We have a special concern for those experiencing grief and we unite ourselves with them in honouring those who have died by remembering them in our prayers and Masses.

 

Please send us an email  if you have a relative who has died recently or whose anniversary occurs soon. We will try and add them to the list. Please give their name and date of death.


100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme – Great War 1914-18

July 1st 2016, marked the commencement of what was known as the Battle of the Somme. It lasted for 141 days with tens of thousands killed on both sides of the conflict, 20,000 British and Empire soldiers lost their lives on the first day.

 

Following, is a list of 34 members of Our Lady’s Parish who lost their lives in the First World War, taken from the memorial plaque outside the church. There are probably members of today’s parish community who are related to these brave young men. We would be interested to hear from them with any stories that have been passed down through their families. This will help ensure that they will not be forgotten. Not all of them died in, or as a result of the Battle of the Somme, however we can remember them all in our prayers.

It is our intention to dedicate a Sunday Mass in their memory and for all who lost their lives in WW1. The date and time will be advised.


LANCE CORPORAL EDMUND HINDE

PRIVATE FRANCIS HOLIGAN

SERGEANT JOSEPH HENRY MURRAY

STOKER 1st CLASS CHARLES STIRRUP

PRIVATE FRANCIS WELSH

BUGLER JOSEPH NOONS

RIFLEMAN JOSEPH PATRICK TAYLOR

RIFLEMAN DANIEL WALSH

PRIVATE PAUL LEO ROWE

PRIVATE PATRICK CORNELIA

PRIVATE THOMAS TALLON

SERGEANT ROBERT HAYHURST LOWE

PRIVATE CHARLES CONNOR

PRIVATE JOHN MILLER

PRIVATE FRANCIS GRIMES

SERGEANT JOSEPH MILLINGTON

SERGEANT THOMAS WARD

PRIVATE JOHN SHEPHERD

PRIVATE CHARLES JOSEPH GRIMES

CORPORAL JOHN McCAULEY

LANCE-CORPORAL JOSEPH DUNN

MAJOR EDWARD FRANCIS NICHOLSON

PRIVATE THOMAS FORD

PRIVATE HUGH LAWRENCE KNIGHT

LIEUTENANT WALTER HENRY DENSHAM

PRIVATE PATRICK NOON

PRIVATE PATRICK RALPH

PRIVATE THOMAS PEACOCK

PRIVATE BERNARD KERWIN

PRIVATE HERBERT JAMES BRADY

PRIVATE THOMAS MORRIS

LOUIS WILSON

LEO KNIGHT

BERNARD GRIFFITH

 

 

Peter Cornelia, who has two relatives on the above list, is hoping to collate burial and service information on each individual to be kept at the church for future reference. Any information relatives can provide will be welcome. Peter can be contacted on 07966 402443 or at peter@fswhome.fsnet.co.uk

Our MAY THEY REST IN PEACE page has a number of photo tributes to some deceased parishioners - you can add your own by sending digital photographs with the name and years of birth and death to bjhnwarrington@gmail.com



Bishop Brian Noble RIP

On Monday 28 October 2019 the Bishop who had the vision to imagine a new church for the people of Latchford died after a short illness.

 

Bishop Brian Noble came to our Diocese 24 years ago with his Lancashire roots, his experience as a parish priest in Cumbria, his background as a university chaplain and as teacher of pastoral theology at the Beda seminary in Rome. He took a keen interest in our Catholic schools and nurtured an interest in Christian spirituality. He presided over a year dedicated to the Eucharist during which he was the first Catholic Bishop since the Reformation to fill Chester Cathedral to overflowing for Mass.  A year focussed on the Liturgy of the Word in which we learned more about the significance of the Book of the Gospels. A year of Saint Paul culminated in a celebration at Liverpool Catholic Cathedral. All of this while nurturing the daily round of parish life with visitations and confirmation celebrations. Bishop Brian also knew first hand the experience of life threatening cancer which enabled him to share sensitive and thoughtfully encouraging insights with fellow cancer sufferers. He drew special inspiration from St Ignatius, from a love of music, particularly C20th British music, poetry; especially that celebrating the beauty of nature was another source of joy and consolation, as was birdwatching and walking. The dedication of our church 9 years ago came towards the end of his years as Bishop but he continued to support Bishop Mark and the parishes of the Diocese and he was a popular retreat giver too. Bishop Brian has been a constant mentor for Fr Peter, Deacon John also remembers working with him in the support of deacons and their families. Sister Catherine even managed to grab him for the Holy Week services at Bowdon Vale. So we have much to give thanks for as he surely receives an eternal place among God’s beloved. May he rest in peace.

Fr Peter Robertson RIP

Fr Peter "Robbo" Robertson RIP
Fr Peter "Robbo" Robertson RIP

We have cause to be grateful to God for the life and ministry of Father Peter Robertson who died peacefully in the care of very good friends on Sunday 10 August 2014.

 

Fr Peter was just weeks short of celebrating his 80th birthday but regardless of his age he will be remembered for his boundless enthusiasm and his love for people. Countless numbers have good cause to be thankful and he spent ten of the happiest and most effective years of his ministry here in Warrington.

 

His association with our parish was renewed following his retirement and we were always delighted whenever he came to spend time with us.

 

To all who loved and admired him we send our sincere and heartfelt sympathy. To the God who blessed us with his life we say Thank you and we will keep his memory alive here over the coming years.

 

Fr Peter's Funeral took place on 20 August in a packed Saint Michael and All Angels Church Birkenhead.

 

Blest be the Lord, Blest be the Lord, the God of Mercy, the God who Saves!

I shall not fear the dark of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.

 

May he rest in peace. Amen.

 

We held a celebration here in Warrington to share our own memories. Fr Peter loved being in company, talking, laughing and crying with anyone and everyone; it was one of his special gifts. So we appreciated spending some time together in this way.